MONTREAL, March 30, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --áMany people would dismiss a weekend of indulgence as a temporary interlude
Analyzing data from 3,177 people who took the Diet & Weight Loss Test, researchers at PsychTests examined the personality and behavioral differences of people who experience food guilt and those who don't. Here's what their study revealed: (Note: Scores on the factors listed below can range from 0 to 100)
EMOTIONAL OR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Binge Eating Disorder
Tendency to engage in extreme rumination
Tendency to deal with stress by ignoring it or refusing to face the issue
Tendency to deal with stress by isolating oneself rather than asking for help
LACK OF PROTECTIVE PERSONALITY TRAITS
Sense of self-efficacy
Belief that health can be improved by positive lifestyle choices (internal locus of control)
PsychTests' study further reveals that people who experience food guilt are also more likely to engage in unhealthy eating and weight loss practices, including:
"Food guilt, like feeling ashamed about what or how much you eat, engaging in self-deprecation when you over-indulge, and categorizing food as either 'good' or 'bad' is harmful, both physically and psychologically," explains Dr. Jerabek, president of PsychTests. "You start to develop a negative relationship with food, and this can, in turn, lead to severe and potentially dangerous compensatory behaviors. If you're experiencing weight issues, you have to learn to see food as sustenance, as life-giving, as the path to better health, not as the enemy. Rather than seeing food as bad, acknowledge that you simply did not make very good food choices. And if you fall off the wagon and over-indulge, then accept it and strive to do better the next day. Using punishment to encourage good behavior is rarely successful and simply not the way to go."
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About PsychTests AIM Inc.
PsychTests AIM Inc. originally appeared on the internet scene in 1996. Since its inception, it has become a pre-eminent provider of psychological assessment products and services to human resource personnel, therapists, academics, researchers and a host of other professionals around the world. PsychTests AIM Inc. staff is comprised of a dedicated team of psychologists, test developers, researchers, statisticians, writers, and artificial intelligence experts (see ARCHProfile.com). The company's research division, Plumeus Inc., is supported in part by Research and Development Tax Credit awarded by Industry Canada.
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